Doll's house - Being Sincere and Being Cynical NORA No for heavens sake how can you even imagine that Hes so strict about those things And besides

Doll's house - Being Sincere and Being Cynical NORA No for...

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Being Sincere and Being Cynical NORA. No, for heaven’s sake, how can you even imagine that? He’s so strict about those things. And besides, Torvald’s a man—he’d be so humiliated if he knew he owed me anything. It could even spoil our relationship; it would be the end of our beautiful, happy home. […] NORA. ( Reflectively, half-smiling .) Yes, maybe someday; years from now, when I can’t count on my looks anymore. Don’t laugh! I mean when Torvald’s not as attracted to me as he is now—when my dancing and dressing-up and reciting for him don’t interest him any more. Then it’ll be good to have something to fall back on. ( Breaking off .) Dumb, dumb, dumb! That’ll never happen. So what do you think of my big secret, Kristine? I can do things after all, can’t I? But as you can imagine, it’s been a big worry for me. It hasn’t been that easy to make the payments on time. So I had to save a little, here and there, whenever I could. I couldn’t really take anything out of the housekeeping budget, because Torvald has to live in a certain style. And I couldn’t scrimp on the children’s clothes; I used up whatever I got for them—the angels! (Ibsen 156-57) The first passage illuminates Torvald’s strong belief that a man is entirely responsible for his family, both financially and sociologically. He strongly believes in “natural superiority of the male” and acts according to the role he embodies in the society (Goffman 39). He often calls Nora as little animals, such as “squirrels” or “larks,” showing how he thinks of himself as a dominant and authoritative figure, as a man who has control over his wife (Ibsen 147). He also

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